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 After Philippe Nahon in 2010, Dominique Pinon in 2011, Silvia Collatina in 2012, Caroline Munro in 2013 and René Manzor in 2014, Brian Yuzna in 2015, JAck sholder in 2016, the president of the jury of the international festival of fantastic films in Audincourt is ...

PRÉSIDENT DU JURY ET INVITÉ D'HONNEUR

  Sergio MARTINO

 

  MEMBRES DU JURY 

 

                 
NAOMI GROSSMAN
 
      VERNON WELLS
 
       LYNN LOWRY
 
 Alain SCHLOCKOFF
 
      Linnea QUIGLEY
 
        Igor et Gricka                    BOGDANOFF
 
 
ACTRESS
 
ACTOR 
 
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Sergio MARTINO

 

 

 

 

 

   

        

      

 
     
 

Sergio MARTINO

Réalisateur

Born July 19 1938 in Rome, Sergio Martino’s field of interest seemed predestined with a grandfather none other than the prolific director Gennaro Righelli and an older brother screenwriter and producer Luciano Martino, with whom, he will collaborate on several occasions.

However, no one could foresee a 40 years long career during which, like many artisans in the B movies industry, he’ll tackle various positions (screenwriter, director of photography, producer…) and different genres.

His career begins under the prestigious aegis of the great Mario Bava, at the age of 25 years old, as the assistant director on “The Whip and the Body” with Christopher Lee. This particular era being mainly dedicated to sensationalist documentaries, Martino signs his first production with “Naked and Violent”, and follows with the unavoidable spaghetti western, the gritty “Arizona”.

He achieves artistic and commercial success with a series of gialli, those Italian thrillers more or less horrific which were very popular during the ‘70s, and are currently making a come back with several DVD/Blue Ray releases packed with extras, namely the publisher Le chat qui fume (“Torso” from the same Martino) and The Ecstasy of Films.

Just like all the B movies artisans did (label Martino is proudly claiming), he did a bit of everything, from bubbly sex comedy to adventure (“Mountain of the Cannibal God”, “The Great Alligator”) and the very pulp “Island of the Fishmen” (also recently released on DVD) which was crammed with additional scenes for its US release shot by Roger Corman!

Martino will evolve along the progressive decline of the trans-Alpine cinema, jumping the bandwagon of very broke post-cataclysmic sci-fi (although extremely lucrative at the time!) with the enjoyable “2019: After the Fall of New York” and the relatively extravagant “Hands of Steel”. The Berlusconi era signing the end of the golden age for trans-Alpine B movies and Italian cinema, although some are still resilient, in the early 80’s, Martino gradually turns towards the TV industry.

He’ll actually direct a sequel to “Island of the Fishmen” under TV movie format (titled “The Fishmen and Their Queen”). Martino will always be one of those directors who are comfortable achieving any task, able to carry through projects with more than decent results in difficult situations, often of Homeric proportions.

The new generations enjoy revisiting his body of work today, while many of the critics’ favorites lay forgotten.

 

Text : Thomas BAUDURET

Traduction : Marianne LACHANCE

 

 

Naomi Grossman

            
   

 

 
 

NAOMI GROSSMAN

Actress

 

Born in Colorado, Naomi Grossman takes her first steps on a theater stage in Denver, while still in her teens.

After attending high school in Argentina, she returns to USA where she graduated from the Northwestern University. During that period, she is part of the famous theater company The Groundlings (Jack Black and Will Ferrell also thrived in this group), to later write her own shows: “Girl in Argentine Landscape” and “Carnival Knowledge – Love, Lust and other Human Oddities”, both successfully obtaining public and critical acclaim.

Meanwhile, she also appears in numerous short films and television series (including “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”), but doesn’t land her first role on the big screen until 2008 with “Table for Three” (in which she plays alongside Brandon “Superman Returns” Routh).

Due to her acting as Pepper, a woman born with microcephaly in season two of “American Horror Story” - “Asylum”, she reaches international fame. In spite of having to shave her hair and spending 6 hours a day in the makeup chair, she accepts to return for the fourth season, “Freakshow”.

Now renowned worldwide among the fantasy genre enthusiasts, she recently starred in “Fear, Inc.” and in “The Chair” and will soon appear in “An Accidental Zombie (Named Ted)” and in the delirious “Sky Sharks”, which features Nazi zombies riding flying sharks!

Text : Matthieu REHDE

Traduction: Marianne LACHANCE 

 

 

Vernon Wells

 

         
 

 

Vernon Wells

Actor

Growing up in Australia, Vernon G. Wells’ only contact with the film industry are his biweekly visits to the local cinema where he admires the bad guys of Hollywood westerns. At the early age of 14, following his mother’s footsteps, he becomes the lead singer of a successful rock band while achieving an engineering degree in telecommunications. However, he prefers pursuing a career in the entertainment industry and after being a successful male model in the 70s, he moves on as an actor, playing small parts on various TV shows. His interest in the art of making movies is sparked, so he joins an Australian premiere commercial director, Mike Browning & Associates, to work as Assistant Director and Producer on TV advertising campaigns and documentaries.

Vernon Wells starts his own commercial production company 5 years later where he eventually steps in as director. Acting is put aside until he stars in the stage play “Hosanna” and gets noticed by director George Miller, which lands him the role of Wez, the mohawked marauder in “Mad Max II – The Road Warrior”.

To Wells’ own amazement, Wez clearly becomes a cult classic as he is asked in 1984 to parody this very character for John Hughes in “Weird Science”. Afterwards, he plays alongside Rachel Ward in a HBO movie called “Fortress” followed by Joel Silver’s action movie “Commando” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. Vernon Wells also makes television appearances with guest starring roles on “The Fall Guy”, “McGyver”, “Knightrider”, “Hunter” and “TNT”. After appearing in the Canadian independent movie “Circle Man” as a mentally handicapped boxer, he is asked to play the villain again by Steven Spielberg and Joe Dante in “Innerspace”, starring Martin Short and Meg Ryan. He then works on several major projects (such as “Fortress” with Christophe Lambert) and independent films and becomes the first “human” villain for the “Power Rangers” series in 2001.

Vernon Wells has worked and starred on more than 120 movies and countless TV shows, continuing with the revolutionary internet series “Western X” and several recent projects including “The Horde” (with Bill Moseley) and “Edgar Allan Poe's Lighthouse Keeper” (with Matt O'Neill). In addition to acting, directing and writing, he has added voiceover in both animation and video games (recently “Deus Ex: Mankind Divided”) to his long list of achievements.

Text: Matthieu REHDE

Traduction: Marianne LACHANCE 

 

 

 

Lynn LOWRY

 

 

 

 

         

 

        

        

 

Lynn LOWRY

Actress

Born in Illinois, but raised in Georgia, Lynn Lowry is a quiet girl who overcomes shyness by joining her school theatre group and playing the trumpet, just like her father did. She discovers her passion for acting following a presentation about spiders, which mesmerized her classmates, a passion she’ll cultivate through all of her school years.

Lowry then seeks a breakthrough in the film industry and in 1970, after moving to New York, lands a role in “I Drink Your Blood”, one of the first movies in History to get X rated for graphic violence. Despite her being late on audition day, her beauty plays in her favor and compels the director David E. Durston to hire her without mentioning her misstep to the producer Jerry Gross – which is why she’s not mentioned in the credits. Initially hired to play a mute hippie, she actually gets to appear in a whole scene (the severed hand scene) when Gross notices her and wishes to give her more exposure.

In 1971, she is officially credited in “The Battle of Love's Return” by a young Lloyd Kaufman, who would later found the legendary producing company Troma. She appears in multiple softcores “Sugar Cookies” and “Score” in which she exposes her physical beauty (the director of the latter refused to hire an unknown Sylvester Stallone due his physical appearance he deemed unattractive!), followed by “The Crazies” by George A. Romero – she also later appears in the 2010 remake by Breck Eisner.

After playing in several episodes of the TV series “How to Survive a Marriage”, she regularly appears in quality projects by renowned directors: “Shivers” from David Cronenberg, “Fighting Mad” from Jonathan Demme and “Cat People” from Paul Schrader.

From 1984 to 1995, she focuses on being in the cast of the TV series “Knots Landing”, before going back on the big screen in 2005 and sticking with the horror-fantasy genre: examples including “Splatter Disco”, “Schism”, “The Theatre Bizarre”, “Torture Chamber”, and upcoming, “Sky Sharks” (in which she’ll play along Naomi Grossman).

These days, in addition to her career in the film industry, Lynn Lowry sings in a folk-jazz band.

Text : Matthieu REHDE 

Traduction: Marianne LACHANCE 

 

 

Alain SCHLOCKOFF

 

 
  




 
 

ALAIN SCHLOCKOFF

EDITOR IN CHIEF OF THE MAGAZINE L’ÉCRAN FANTASTIQUE

PIONEER AMONG THE FANTASY GENRE IN FRANCE

Amidst other things, he is the founder of L’Ecran Fantastique, one of the dependable monthly magazines about the fantasy and science-fiction film industry, which was able to evolve over the years and present genre movies to readers of all ages.

Around the age of 14 years old, the young SCHLOCKOFF reads a lot of American fanzines (Famous Monsters of Filmland…). He takes the decision to buy a roneograph to produce his own fanzines: Les Fameux Monstres du Cinéma, Astarté, Crépuscule, Mercurey Bis n°2, Metaluna... At 20 years old, he undertakes film studies to become a director. In 1967, he decides to create a more ambitious fanzine: Horizons du Fantastique, which is turned into a printed magazine by the second issue. He then loses control over this fanzine, but then launches another one: L’Ecran Fantastique. In the early ‘70s, he organizes cinema meetings, notably “Les Nuits du cinéma” (dedicated to the fantasy genre). Those “nights” are brought back on December 2008, at the Forum des images, one Saturday a month (with a short film, an unseen movie and a heritage film).

In 1972, after his military service, he creates the first Festival International du Film Fantastique et de Science-fiction at the Amandiers theater in Nanterre (from 16 to 20 May 1972). This unprecedented and unique event will be held for 18 editions (in different locations: at the Grand Rex in Paris…).

L’Ecran Fantastique takes the opportunity to promote the festival. Quickly, it becomes a prozine, then a magazine and during the summer of 1977, L’Ecran Fantastique – Nouvelle série is published quaterly in a square format.

He creates another short-lived magazine: Vendredi 13 dedicated to gore.

In its wake, he conceives Toxic in 1989 with Cathy Karani and his publisher at the time, CyberPress.  A year later, the publisher decides to terminate the project.

Thirteen years later, he revives the magazine, which lives on until the summer of 2005 (and 19 issues). Nowadays, the supplement in L’Ecran Fantastique recaptures the “Toxic” spirit.

In 1993, he launches a project which is very close to his heart: Fantastyka. With his friend Pierre Gires and other volunteers, they want to broaden and share their passion for the history and themes related to  fantasy cinema. This excellent magazine will run until n°24.

 

 

He created and managed several magazines:

Horizons du fantastique (1967/1969)

L’Ecran Fantastique (depuis 1969)

Vendredi 13 (1981/1989)

Toxic (1989-1991/2002-2005)

Fantastyka (1993-2002)

Text: Matthieu REHDE

Traduction: Marianne LACHANCE 

 

Linnea QUIgley

 

 

 

 

  

        

        

 

Linnea QUIgley

Actrice

 

Linnea Quigley is born and raised in Iowa during her Childhood and then moves to Los Angeles , following her parents. Here, she found her first employment in Jack Lalanne’s Health Spa.(He became well-known in the Fitness world for having been JANE FONDA’s personal trainer)

After having taken cheerful advices from her new friends, she involves herself in various artistic activities, such as Advertisements, Music(She’s one of the founding members of the girls’ band “The Skirts”)or as an Extra.

By this time, she could already be seen in many “genre” movies, such as” Fairy Tales”, “Les Gladiateurs de l’an 3000”, Tourist Trap”, “Graduation Day”,”Les jeux de la Mort”,or “Don’t Go near the Park” .

Little by little, her screening time rose up and her roles turned into being of  much more significance (“Douce nuit, Sanglante nuit” is a particularly noticeable example of her rising fame).

But the real turning point of her career happened in 1985, with her being involved in “Le retour des Morts-Vivants”, in which she personified Trash, the charming red-headed punk.

Then, she became a renowned “Scream Queen” with such movies as “Creepozoids”, “Sorority Babes in the slimeball Bowl-O-Rama”,”Nightmare Sisters”,”Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers”, “La nuit des Démons”, “Ma prof est une Extra-Terrestre” or “Le cauchemar de Freddy”

By then, she considered being part of the LAPD as a new carreer opportunity, but rapidly came back to acting in a Workaholical way(Her almost 35 years long career including 125 different movies!) going from DTV’s to short films or feature films such as “Innocent Blood”, “The Guyver”,“Pumpkinhead 2”, “Jack O” or “Les Adversaires”

Deeply involved into PETA militantism , she also wrote three autobiographical books relating her life and experiences: “The Linnea Quigley Bio & Chainsaw Book”, “I’m Screaming as Fast as I Can: My Life in B-Movies” and “Skin”.

 

Text: Matthieu REHDE

Traduction: Yannick DESROCHES

 

 

 

 

Igor et Grichka Bogdanoff

 

      

 

 

 

Igor & Grichka BOGDANOFF

Animateurs et producteurs de télévision

Essayistes

 

Born from a Russian father and an Austrian mother, the French twin brothers Igor and Grichka Bogdanoff (or Bogdanov) skillfully entertain the mysteries surrounding major parts of their lives: bachelor’s degrees at 14, impressive amount of helicopter flight time, doctorates which raised multiple controversies, physical appearance…

The fascination they inspire is proportional to their contribution towards pop culture, dabbling in various fields throughout the decades – with comic books (“Trolls de Troy”) as well as cinema (“Incognito”), along with humorists (“Les Nuls”) and also singers (Didier Wampas).

Captivated by astronomy since childhood, reading every book in the household library dedicated to this topic, they write their first piece of work during the ‘70s: “Clefs pour la Science-Fiction”. Published in 1976, it rapidly becomes a best seller and allows them to enter the television industry with the TV show “Un sur Cinq”, in which they present a segment about Sci-Fi.

While pursuing their writing (“Chroniques du Temps X”, “La Mémoire Double”, “Nous ne Sommes pas Seuls dans l’Univers”…), the twin brothers move on to TF1 in 1979 and become real TV stars while hosting  “Temps X” until 1987. Dressed in futuristic spacesuits, appearing on a spacecraft set (with Franck Dubosc at the controls!), they enthusiastically simplify science while bringing the French viewers to (re)discover fantasy films and cult series like “The Twilight Zone” and “The Prisoner” through various excerpts.

From 1982 to 1983, they also host “2002 – L'Odyssée du Futur” on TF1, to return in 1989 for “Futur’s”. Following a 9 years’ break, they reappear on TV in 1999, maintaining a continuous presence on the small screen with the TV shows “Project X 13”, “Rayons X”, “Science X”, “Ils ont maché sur la Lune”, “Science 2”, « Les Enfants de Temps X », « A deux pas du Futur » and... « Fort Boyard »!

Adopting a refreshing tone of self-mockery, Igor et Grichka Bogdanoff also caricatured their own image in the sketch “Je dors chez l'habitant” by Lascars Gay, in the clip “Bogda Bogda Bogdanov” by Cyril Hanouna and dubbing the extraterrestrials Vernkot and Nesklin for the cartoon “Planète 51”.

Texte : Matthieu REHDE 

Traduction: Marianne LACHANCE 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRÉSIDENT OF THE JURY

  

 JURY

          

  

Jack sholder

 

           
         
 

JACK SHOLDER

Film Director

Jack Sholder is a film director, editor and screenwriter who has been known all along his career for his liking of appearance and false identities.

This tendency was first noticed in 1985 with « Freddy’s  Revenge », a movie that was brought to him by New Line after Wes Craven refused the project. While he managed to keep Robert Englund (as Freddy) against the will of the studio, Sholder delivered a very odd sequel combining the franchise’s unique world with his passion for personality changes. For the first time the boogeyman acted ouf of the realm of dreams and took possession of a teenager’s body hence proving that things were not always what they seemed to be. Even though the audience had mixed feelings about the movie, it still holds unforgettable sequences such as the scary introduction with the bus !

With « Hidden » the director went on exploring this concept. In this movie, an alien took possession of human bodies in order to give way to its needs for destruction. As he confessed, Jack Sholder loves cinema as a whole. Far from staying stuck in fantasy or horror genres, he picked up elements from realistic thrillers like « Serpico » by Sidney Lumet and from alien invasions stories like « Invasion of the Body Snatchers » by Don Siegel. Thanks to this original combination and stars like Michael Nouri (« Flashdance ») and Kyle MacLachlan (in full bloom after « Dune » and « Blue Velvet »), « The Hidden » met a commercial success, was praised by the critics and was awarded the Grand Prize at the Avoriaz Fantastic Festival.

His movie « Renegades » also deals with concealment. Kiefer Sutherland (proud of the success of « The Lost Boys ») plays a cop acting undercover in a dangerous gang. In search of a sacred spear stolen by criminals, the hero strives to get it back with the help of a mystical Indian (Lou Diamond Philips).

Let’s not forget : « Supernova », a futuristic adventure in which a man lost in space shows a very uncommon behaviour (the shooting proved a true nightmare as Walter Hill and Sholder took each other’s position as a director 4 times !), TV movies such as « 12 :01 » in which the hero in love with a murdered scientist is trapped in a space loop and keeps living the same day over and over, « Natural Selection », in which a rich programmer has to face a double who wants to take everything he has from him, , « Sketch Artist II: Hands That See » that relates the story of a sketch artist who helps a woman describe the face of the man who wants to kill her and last but not least the first episode of the very short TV series « The Omen » that is not related to the classic movie by Richard Donner ; on the contrary it is inspired by the theme of « The Hidden ».

Yet nothing in the life of young Jack Sholder could hint that he would work on so many varied themes since he started his career in 1982 in the « already seen before » slasher genre. At 28, his last short movie called « The Garden Party », allowed him to be known by the managers of New Line. He brought them the idea behind « Alone in the Dark », a B rated horror series set in the New York blackout he lived through (not to be confused with the movie inspired from the self titled video game by Uwe Boll and starring Christian Slater). Until an agreement was  reached he worked as an editor on a poor copy of « Friday 13th » entitled « The Burning », the first movie produced by brothers Weinstein. Once he was given small funds he started shooting the story of lunatics who managed to escape from an asylum thanks to a blackout and went besieging their doctor’s house. Based upon a simple and shocking screenplay the movie « Alone in the Dark » that also gathered three old movies stars (Martin Landau, Jack Palance and Donald Pleasance), easily brought more money that was invested in and allowed Sholder to be recognized by the studio. As a consequence he was offered to shoot « Freddy’s Revenge ».

After the failure of « Supernova », he put an end to his cinema career and worked on DTV movies of pretty basic quality such as « Wishmaster 2 », « Arachnid », a story about a giant spider produced by Brian Yuzna and « Beeper », a thriller featuring Harvey Keitel.

As a movie director who loves to mix genres he was offered the opportunity by television to express the wide span of his tastes especially his love for TV movies (as he stated that TV series episodes forced him to work with limited art choices). Besides the productions listed above he felt drawn to war stories as early as 1988 (« Vietnam War Story 2 » and highly acclaimed «By Dawn's Early Light »), to action movies («Runaway Car », « Pensacola », « Mortal Kombat : Conquest »), thrillers « Gabriel Bird ), animal movies « 12 Days of Terror » and of course he still kept being faithful to fantasy and horror movies (« Tremors – The Series », « Tales from the crypt » and « Generation X », an X-Men spin-off  taking place in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters).

Today Jack Sholder teaches Cinema Production at the Western Carolina University and helps young students with the experience and skills he has gained over his long career.

 

At the Bloody Week-End, both « The Hidden » will be projeted in the presence of the director.

Text : Matthieu REDHE

  

 

 

 

 

Fabio FRIZZI

 

              
 

FABIO FRIZZI

Composer

It all starts with seven notes played on a harpsichord for « The psychic », A soundtrack that you cannot forget. A few notes and a name rising from a mesmerizing music : composer Fabio Frizzi.

As a student in high school he was fascinated by the way voice could be used in music and that is the reason why he funded an amateur rock band, something his father totally diagreed with. In order to make a living out of his passion he soon started to study the guitar and music writing with Sergio Notaro and Vittorio Taborra before he met his first publisher Carlo Bixio. Thanks to him he was introduced to cinema and in 1968 he wrote (both with Bixio and Tempera) the original sountrack of the western movie « And Now... Make Your Peace with God  ! ». This successful experience allowed him to work until 1975 on five more movies  (including classic «White Collar Blues » by Luciano Salce).

 

Then he met, once again thanks to Carlo Bixio, a man who would stay close to him both in friendship and work relationships : film director Lucio Fulci.

The film director who was already known in Italy for his movies « Massacre Time », « A Lizard in a Woman's Skin » and « Don't Torture a Duckling (or Night of the Long Exorcism) » was looking for a composer for his forthcoming movie « Four of the Apocalypse ». Fabio Frizzi, Bixio and Tempera were soon hired and wrote the original soundtrack of that nihilistic western movie with a touch of fantasy. As Fulci was also  a music lover this proved not an easy task yet it was a success : sometimes with a band, others alone, the musician would keep on working with the maestro on « Dracula in the Provinces », « Silver Saddle », « Contraband », « Manhattan Baby », « A Cat in the Brain » as well as on the classic « The Psychic », « Zombi 2 », « City of the Living Dead » and « Beyond » (whose musical score combining a sweet melody with a powerful choir has since then become a reference).

While he was working with Lucio Fulci, he also composed 36 movies original soundtracks between 1975 and 1989, mostly for comedies (a genre he truly loves) and worked with world famous movies directors such as Tonino Valerii, Enzo G. Castellari, Sergio Martino, Umberto Lenzi...

However when the Italian cinema was hit by the 80s crisis, he decided to change career overnight. He stopped working on movies for a time and decided to start a project in which no one believed in at that time : the organization of a series of concerts with a symphonic orchestra that would only play movies soundtracks under his direction. It was an instant success !

After coming back to movies (working mostly for television) he launched a new tour in 2012 entitled « Frizzi to Fulci » in which he happily played the soundtracks he once composed for the movie director.

Today Fabio Frizzi is considered with the Goblins (« Suspiria ») as one of the greatest Italian composers of original soundtracks of fantasy movies. Even Quentin Tarantino paid him a tribute in his movie « Kill Bill Volume 1 » by using the main theme of « The Psychic » (you can hear it when  Uma Thurman escapes from the hospital) !

During the seventh edition of the Bloody Week-End, Fabio Frizzi and his musicians will offer you an exceptional concert telling the story of his amazing career and everyone who knows him, or who doesn't, will be moved by all these unforgettable melodies !

Text : Matthieu REDHE

 
       

 

 

YANNICK DAHAN

 

        
 

YANNICK DAHAN

DIRECTOR, FILM CRITIC

 

He is a true lover of words that talk about movies, he dislikes divisions between movie fans, he is fond of movies both for their plot and their structure and above all he resents double talk. To put it in a nutshell, Yannick Dahan from Toulouse is a movies lover from the deep of his heart.

Yet he became a movie critic by chance. When he was a PhD student in History and also a journalist in video games he sent two articles of his own  to Positif magazine, the first about violence in movies and the second about disaster movies. He was happily surprised to be reached by Publishing Director Michel Ciment himself  and soon enough he joined the famous magazine. As a faithful partner he would also work for HK, DVDvision and Mad Movies.

It was by chance once again that from a press journalist he turned into a TV journalist as a friend of his had convinced him into applying to a job interview. He began with reviewing dvds on Ciné Info, one of the many channels from the Ciné Cinéma group. With his partner, Editor Dimitri Amar, Yannick Dahan gradually created his character of TV trouble maker, something that would  never leave him. Later on he would host the show Opération Frisson on Ciné Cinéma Frisson, using both his rich language and freedom of speech to review cinema news in a harsh but reasoned way.

In 2009 he made another step forward when he became movie director - along with Benjamin Rocher (Antigang) - on the short movie Rivoallan in which a policeman and a gang of criminals fought each other to death.

After he made a cameo appearance in Frontier(s) by Xavier Gens, he decided to move on with a full length movie once more with Rocher. The result was The Horde, a very violent zombie movie and a true tribute to that genre of cinema !

He went on and took part to Viande d'origine française (Autopsy of the French Horror Cinema), a documentary about horror movies in France and also produced the first French documentary about geek culture entitled « Suck my Geek ! ». He also became reviewer on channel TPS Star, in the show  “La Quotidienne du Cinéma”, radio host on Le Mouv’, before he joined Ubisoft for 3 years as a Creative Director to work on several video games.

In 2013 he co-wrote the first draw of Rabbid Dogs by Eric Hannezo (a reboot of Cani Arrabbiati by Mario Bava, 1974) released in 2015, in which Lambert Wilson is a father who has to face four dangerous criminals. In 2015 he wrote two scripts one of which still under development will turn into his next full length movie as a director. He also started writing a book about the Coen brothers, his favorite movie directors.

We will be happy to welcome Yannick Dahan during the 7th edition of the Bloody Week-end.

Original text by Matthieu REHDE

 
     

 

Catriona MacColl

 

 

            
 

CATRIONA MACCOLL

Actress

Catriona MacColl was born in London and as a child she joined a theater group at school before turning to a career of professional ballerina. Unfortunately she was wounded and had to give up on her ambitions.

At that time she heard that Jean-Pierre Bisson was looking for an actress who could also dance for his new theater play. As soon as she was hired she left England and settled down in the south of France where she stayed for the next two years. She was part of the actor/director’s theatrical troupe and played in Barbe-Bleue et son Fils Imberbe (1975) as well as in Sarcelles-sur-Mer (1976).

Following this enriching experience she moved to Paris where she debuted on TV in the first episode of the series Il était un Musicien (1978). That same year she was given a role beside Thierry Lhermitte in  Le Dernier Amant Romantique by Just Jaeckin (Emmanuelle). Then success came with her part in the cape and sword movie Lady Oscar (directed by Jacques Demy, also responsible for Peau d’Âne). For the first time she was offered the leading role and soon became a true star in Japan as the movie was based upon the manga Rose of Versailles.

In 1980 came out both Le Fils Puni and Voltan le Barbare (also known as Hawk the Slayer) before her agent had her meet Italian movie director Lucio Fulci. At that time she did not really fell drawn to horror movies yet she decided to accept the main role in City of the Living Dead. This proved a rough experience, mostly because of a traumatizing sequence in which she received a true shower of maggots on her face !  But as the movie proved successful she accepted to work again with Fulci, playing once more the main role in now classic movies The House by the Cimetery and The Beyond (which will be given on this 7th edition of the Bloody Week-End). In 1981 she also appeared on French TV Antenne 2 in the sci-fi series Noires sont les Galaxies whose blackness and violence deeply hit the viewers. Refusing to become a scream queen, she declined another offer to work with the maestro and moved away from horror movies. Over the following decades she would act in different genres of movies among others comedy (Les Diplômés du Dernier Rang with Patrick Bruel and Le Bal des Casse-Pieds with Jean Rochefort),  romance (Three Seats for the 26th and A Good Year, directed by Ridley Scott), thriller (Afraid of the Dark) and drama (A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries, by James Ivory). Yet it was on TV that she mostly showed her many talents with noticeable roles in La Peau de Chagrin, The Last Days of Pompeii (in which she played with Laurence Olivier and Franco Nero), Cousin Williams or Mafiosa.

In 2004, Director Pascal Laugier (Martyrs) managed to convince her to come back to the genre that brought her fame and gave her the role of the orphanage manager in his first movie House of Voices. As a result Catriona MacColl went on playing in fantastic and horror movies such as The Theatre Bizarre (The Mother of Toads), Chimères and Horsehead by Romain Basset, the latter will be shown during the Bloody Week-End in the exceptional presence of its maker.

 

Original text by Matthieu REHDE





   

Graham Masterton

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    
      
      
 

GRAHAM MASTERTON

Absolute Master of Horror.

Born in Edinburgh in 1946 he is one of the most known and popular authors of horror novels, sharing the fame with Stephen King and Dean Koontz.

Yet the Master of Horror did not begin as a novel writer but as a main editor in erotic magazine “Penthouse”. At that time he started writing a series of sex guides that were best-sellers, “How to drive your wife wild in bed” being the most known among them (more than 3 million copies sold). He confessed in an interview that he actually turned to writing horror stories when sales started going down. Also he added that watching “The Exorcist” acted as a trigger.

 In  1975 he wrote  “Manitou”, soon to be a best-seller later adapted as a movie starring Tony Curtis. His career was launched and since then he has written more than 35 horror novels and thrillers. He has been awarded several prizes including the French « Julia-Verlanger 1988 » award for “Picture of Evil”. 

There is also a Masterton Prize  in France awarded to the best works in this field.

As a true heir to Lovecraft, to whom he paid tribute in several of his novels (including “Prey”) Graham Masterton has mostly been inspired by legends that grow inside our civilizations. Spiritism, supernatural apparitions, reincarnation, occultism are at the heart of each of his novels. His dark sense of humor added to a very specific and recognizable style make him an expert of this topic.

Masterton, father of three sons, currently lives in Surrey, England. Alas his wife Wiescka died in 2011 at 65. Now aged 70, the master goes on writing for his readers greatest pleasure or better said… fears !

Original text by Arnaud Codeville

 
       

 

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NICHOLAS VINCE

Actor

Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker's Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II. He also played Kinski in Barker's Nightbreed.

After working on the movies, he wrote stories for the Hellraiser and Nightbreed comics published by Marvel. He also wrote the Marvel UK comics Warheads and Mortigan Goth: Immortalis. The latter was republished in January 2016 as part of The Frontier Collection.

He contributed short stories and articles to Fear and Skeleton Crew magazines, and for the latter created the series of interviews The Luggage in the Crypt. This featured interviews with Neil Gaiman, Joe R. Lansdale and Clive Barker. He's revived the interviews for the Nicholas Vince YouTube channel.

In 2012, after working in the IT industry for sixteen years, he returned to writing with the publication of his short story anthology, What Monsters Do. This volume is ranked as 5* on amazon sites. He dramatised two of the stories, Tunes From the Music Hall and Green Eyes, for the London Horror Festival 2013. The play gained two 4/5 star reviews.

His second volume of short stories, Other People's Darkness and Other Stories was published in March 2014. gingernutsofhorror.com said it is: "... a tapestry of terror that will shock you, bring you to tears and linger in your subconscious for days."

He also returned to acting, with a starring roles in Metamorphosis (dir. Robert Nevitt) which was screened on BBC3 as part of The Fear and Hollower (dir. MJ Dixon); and rehearsed readings of Trans Scripts (by Paul Lucas) in Bridport and London. Recently he filmed Borley Rectory (dir. Ashley Thorpe) and plays lead roles in Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham), Remnant (dir. Andy Stewart), Rats (dir. Mark Logan) and Retribution (dir. Paddy Murphy).

He created the machinima music video for We Are The Hearts by the French group EXGF and his first short film as writer and director, The Night Whispered, is currently in post production.

 

Photo by Clair Grogan Photography.

 

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